“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
While most have heard these words, I wonder how many have ever considered those twelve that surrounded Jesus; that he would have referred to as his friends. One was Judas, three quarreled over which of them would be the greatest in heaven, in the Garden three could not even stay awake to pray, at his arrest all would run in fear, and Peter would deny him. It’s just another reminder that it’s not our merits that garner God’s love. He loves us despite our demerits.